Donald Trump made a horrible misstep when he diluted his position on deporting illegal aliens. It’s been one of the primary reasons that he’s been as successful as he has as a first-time candidate. He seems to have corrected course (mostly), but he’s done his brand some lasting damage. I don’t believe that he can withstand making that mistake again. No matter what the media and the two political parties tell you, this election is all about the specific issues that Donald Trump has put forward — it’s not about the likability or popularity of either candidate.
For decades the working class base of the Republican party has voted for one loser after another. We didn’t like the candidates who made it through the process, but we understood the implied contract of party politics. Sometimes we had to deal with establishment insiders, like John McCain and Mitt Romney, but we sucked it up and voted for the party’s choice. Most of the time we thought that the candidates were outright tools of the corporate elite and donor class — but we were willing to respect the will of the voters and rally around even the weakest of candidates.
For years we’ve heard the disgruntled among us say that there’s really just one political party, and that Democrats and Republicans are just two sides of the same coin. It turns out that’s completely correct. The establishment of the Republican Party is much more interested in maintaining the status quo than in implementing any real conservative agenda. You and I have simply been the chumps that believed their rhetoric and gave them control of Congress as a check on the excesses of the Democratic Party and Barack Obama.
The media and the professional political class are dumbfounded at the rise of Donald Trump. First they said that he was only pretending to run for President for the free publicity. Then they said that he’d never publicly release his financial information. Then NBC, Univision, and Macy’s severed business ties with him. That was probably a mistake if the idea was to stop his White House run, as he now has nothing to lose.
The media and the elite political class are apoplectic over Donald Trump’s statements. Some are just infuriated that he’s openly speaking about subjects that they don’t want to address, and some are simply too dim-witted to realize that, in the real world, when you hit someone, they’ll hit you back. Let’s try to look at the situation as dispassionately as possible.
We have been listening to the political elite of both parties publicly state that we need to “fix” our so-called broken immigration system. We are told that Republicans specifically, and candidates in general, must reach out and pander to the illegal alien population. We are told that we’re racist if we don’t accept the never-ending flow of illegal immigration. Most importantly, the political and media elites say that candidates for higher office will not receive the Hispanic vote unless they offer some sort of amnesty for the illegal migrants. I reject this notion as ill-informed racist nonsense.